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Andrew Hore – Quoted Micro 14 September 2020

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Investment company S-Ventures is set to join the market on 16 September. The strategy is to make investments in consumer health and organic food businesses in the UK and Europe. The S-Ventures management will use their expertise to help smaller brands grow faster and achieve greater scale. Up to three acquisitions are planned each year and they are likely to have values of between £150,000 and £2m.

Evrima (EVA) has secured an option to acquire a 17.2% stake in Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration (KKME), which would increase its investment in the Botswana-focused nickel, copper and platinum explorer to 19.6%. The former Sport Capital Group has 60 days to acquire the stake for $183,000 in the form of 2.3 million shares at 6p each. The same number of warrants will be issued, and they are exercisable at 12p each. AIM-quoted Power Metals has a

Block Commodities (BLCC) has been fined £7,000 by the Aquis Stock Exchange. Block failed to make sure that it provided accurate and fully up to date information to investors about fundraisings. It also failed to consult with its corporate adviser. Trading in the shares remains suspended.

All Star Minerals (ASMO) is assessing potential gemstones opportunities in Africa.

Lombard Capital (LCAP) has sold a 29.5% stake in LCP Financial for £275,000 in order to provide funds to develop the waste and recycling operations.

Early Equity (EEQP) has appointed Novum Securities as its corporate adviser and trading has recommenced in the shares.

Gold explorer Tectonic Gold (TTAU) has raised £403,000 at 0.275p a share. Each new share has a warrant attached that is exercisable at 0.7p each after the results of the exploration drilling are released. The cash will finance drilling.

AIM

Michelmersh Brick (MBH) has restarted production following lockdown despatches have recovered more quickly than the sector. Interim revenues fell by 17% and underlying pre-tax profit was halved, but full year expectations have been upgraded. The bricks manufacturer is operating at normal levels and June 2020 revenues were better than those in June 2019. Canaccord Genuity has upgraded its full year profit forecast from £5.3m to £6.5m, down from £9.7m in 2019. Limited UK brick production capacity means that Michelmersh is in a strong position and it has demonstrated its resilience this year. 

Internet domain name registry and services provider CentralNic (CNIC) is paying $36m for the Codewise businesses, which provide monetisation services and online marketing tools. This fits with Team Internet and will be significantly earnings enhancing from day one. A placing raised £30m at 75p a share.

Synairgen (SNG) has published interim data for its SNG001 treatment that suggests that it could be effective for COVID-19 patients, particularly those suffering with more severe symptoms.

Belvoir Group (BLV) weathered the COVID-19 lockdown well. Financial services increased their contribution in the first half and lettings income held up. Underlying pre-tax profit improved by 7% to £3.16m, helped by the Lovelle acquisition. Earnings per share were 16% higher at 7.3p. The interim dividend is 3.4p and a further 2p is payable in lieu of the final dividend that was not paid. The former boss sold shares at 150p each.

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) reported an unchanged interim pre-tax profit of £2m and an interim dividend of 2.1p a share is being paid. Cash has risen to £6.1m. Lettings income held up and trading was strong in June. The core business and online operation EweMove both performed strongly in July.

Arden has initiated research on Dekel Agri-Vision (DKL) and it believes that the palm oil and cashew nut processer is worth 7.6p a share. The broker believes that Dekel could make an operating profit next year. Profit should build up over the next few years as cashew nuts processing activities grow.

Concrete levelling equipment supplier Somero Enterprises (SOM) is resuming dividends and paying a deferred final dividend of 20.7 cents a share as well as an interim of 4 cents a share. That will cost $14m. North American interim sales held up best with European sales falling by one-quarter. Pre-tax profit is still expected to fall from $28m to $17.6m, but net cash should be $20m at the end of 2020.

Digital invoicing services provider Tungsten Corporation (TUNG) is on course to move into profit in the current financial year. The loss per share was reduced from 3.5p to 1.4p in the year to April 2020 and there was cash generated from operations.

Irrigation products supplier Amiad Water Systems (AFS) reported a decline in revenues but profit increased as margins improved. Amiad was already reducing its cost base when COVID-19 started to hamper the business. This led Stifel to increase its full year pre-tax profit forecast to $4.5m. Further growth could come from new products and potential acquisitions.

Building and construction products supplier Alumasc (ALU) has realigned its cost base but pre-tax profit was still one-third down at £3.7m as full year revenues declined by 16% to £76m. A 2p a share dividend was declared. Trading has been recovering since the June year end. Further cost saving benefits will help profit to recover this year. finnCap forecasts £6.4m pre-tax profit for 2020-21.

New SIPP business has been slow for STM (STM) but the recurring revenue base means that interim revenues were maintained at £11.8m. Additional personnel costs reduced pre-tax profit by nearly one-third to £1.1m. There is £17.6m in the bank and that enables STM to pay an interim dividend of 0.55p a share, which should be one-third of the total for the year. A full year pre-tax profit of £2.5m is forecast, with a rebound to £4.5m in 2021.

Recruitment firm Hydrogen (HYDG) plans to cancel the AIM quotation. A tender offer of 40p a share provides investors with a way to sell their shares prior to the cancelation.

MAIN MARKET

LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) has realigned costs so that they are more in line with revenues. In the first half of 2020, revenues fell by 13% to £71.6m, but operating profit was one-quarter higher at £9m. Gross margins continue to increase, and overheads have been kept down. Operating profit margin of 12.3% was higher than ever before.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 8 August 2016

ISDX

Chapel Down Group (CDGP) has exchanged contracts on the 1.6 acre site in Ashford that will be used for the proposed new Curious brewery. The deal will be completed when planning permission is obtained.

Valiant Investors (VALP) has raised £71,000 at 0.1p a share in order for it to finance the development of 83.3%-owned apps developer and marketer Flamethrower.

Milamber Ventures (MLVP) says that its grant application partner Private Shares has invested £25,000 at 16p a share and it will invest a further £25,000 at the same share price once Milamber holds a concept development workshop. Any grant writing services provided before 18 February next year will be paid for in shares at 18p each. Milamber non-executive director Barney Battles has invested £12,500 in shares at 16p each and also converted £12,500 of fees into shares at 18p each.

AIM

A positive trading statement from software robots company Blue Prism (PRSM) lead to a share price rise of more than two-fifths. The share price was already nearly double the flotation price of 78p and it reached 211p at the end of the week. A new contract has been won with a major bank and another large bank has renewed its contract for three years. This means that the full year figures will be better than expected.

Branded interior furnishings supplier Walker Greenbank (WGB) has received a second interim insurance payment of £3.2m relating to the flooding at the Standfast & Barracks printing factory in Lancaster at the end of 2015. A payment of £8m had already been paid. An £800,000 payment is expected soon and there could be more to follow. The factory is almost back to full production following the installation of new digital printers and the backlog of orders is being fulfilled. Overall group trading is in line with expectations. UK sales have fallen but overseas sales have grown. There could be a modest boost from the weakness of sterling.

Domain names wholesaler and services provider CentralNic (CNIC) has been awarded the contract to distribute the .FM domain by its owner BRS Media. CentralNIc plans to promote the top level domain to online streaming businesses. The deal also includes the launch of other domains including .AM.

Asset management software provider StatPro (SOG) continues to transfer customers to its StatPro Revolution SaaS-based service. In the six months to June 2016, revenues improved from £15.4m to £17.6m, while underlying pre-tax profit was slightly lower at £827,000. The real benefits of the transfer to monthly revenues for Revolution will show through next year. Edison forecasts a small increase in profit from £2.6m to £2.8m this year and then a 2017 profit of £3.7m.

Ultrasound simulation equipment developer and supplier Medaphor Group (MED) is acquiring Inventive Medical Ltd, which sells cardio ultrasound simulation products under the HeartWorks brand. Medaphor already has a relationship with Inventive Medical and the companies’ products are complementary. Medaphor is paying £3m in shares – at 43p each – for the company. Loss-making Medaphor has £3.5m in the bank and this should last until the end of 2017.

TechFinancials Inc (TECH) enjoyed a strong first half, which has reassured investors following the disappointment of its failed joint venture in Asia. Revenues grew by 30% to $9.6m, while EBITDA nearly doubled to $1m.Full year forecasts have not been changed but there could be scope for upgrades later in the year.

Cloud-based communications software and services provider CloudCall Group (CALL) is raising up to £3.77m at 57.5p a share – a 3.6% premium to the previous closing price. The cash will be used to expand sales activities, particularly in the US. This investment will be coordinated with its partner Bullhorn, which is starting to sell outside of its core recruitment customer base. CloudCall’s product is used by 12% of Bullhorn’s UK customers and 2% of its US customers.

MayAir Group (MAYA) has announced the commencement of a share buyback of up to 10% of its share capital. A maximum of £5.76m can be used for this buyback. This follows $17.7m of industrial and commercial clean air equipment contract wins in recent weeks.

MAIN MARKET

Engineering and environmental consultancy Waterman Group (WTM) expects to report a full year pre-tax profit in excess of its target of £3.3m. Waterman had set itself the target of tripling its profit in the three years to June 2016. Net cash has increased from £3.8m to £5.4m. Trading continues to be strong. The results will be published on 10 October.

Andrew Hore

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